How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web site hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ CP menus to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...